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B: How Many Miles to Babylon?
Alec's mother's Diary
Alec finally did what I wanted him to do today . . . perhaps he is not so like Frederick after all. What I told him was necessary; they were getting too close and leaving me on my own. I would have had to reveal his real parentage at some stage.
Besides, they were becoming too close. He was becoming more like my husband every day. Oh, God how I abhor that man! I was always so much better than him - how did I ever agree to marry him?
Alec was a little petulant at breakfast this morning. The boy will have to toughen up to make it in the army. At least, he's finally consented to go. It was getting embarrassing - everyone else's children were volunteering.
He looked so beautiful in his uniform. Given his status in the army, it's unlikely he will see any real action. Hopefully, he will return a different man.
In the meantime, I will have to suffer only the company of my dreary husband.
I must go and give the cook her instructions,